Stott plays Eddie Carbone, a head-strong longshoreman who is raising his wife's orphaned niece, Catherine. When Eddie's feelings for Catherine develop from paternal protectiveness to sexual desire, his struggle to contain his emotions leads him on a path of self destruction transforming him from a respected, honorable man to a virtual stranger shamed and broken by his own actions. The play explores jealousy, betrayal, suspicion and ultimately loss of control.
Further casting will be announced shortly.
Originally produced in a one-act version in 1955 and subsequently expanded into a two-act play for a subsequent 1966 production, it has had two subsequent Broadway revivals, at the Ambassador Theatre in 1983 (where it starred Tony Lo Bianco as Eddie) by Roundabout Theatre Company at Criterion Stage Right in 1997, subsequently transferring to the Neil Simon. It was last seen in the West End in 1995 in a production at the Strand Theatre (now the Novello), in a production that featured Bernard Hill. Prior to that, it was revived at the National with Michael Gambon in 1987.
This new production is directed by Lindsay Posner, currently directing a new West End-bound production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Carousel starring Lesley Garrett (now touring before opening at the Savoy Theatre Dec. 2). Other recent West End credits include Fiddler On The Roof (which starred Henry Goodman at the Savoy), David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre (which starred Patrick Stewart at the Albery, now Novello), Oleanna (which starred Julia Stiles and Aaron Eckhart at the Garrick), Sam Shepard's Fool for Love (which starred Juliette Lewis at the Apollo), and Tom and Viv (at the Almeida). The production is designed by Christopher Oram and lit by Peter Mumford. It is produced by Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.
Stott, who was most recently seen on the London stage in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre in 2008, was also in the original cast of Reza's Art at Wyndham's Theatre in 1996. Other recent theatre credits include Heroes (also Wyndham's) and The Faith Healer (Almeida). His TV and film credits include BBC4's "Hancock and Joan," "Messiah," "Girl in a Café" and "Charlie Wilson's War." To book tickets, contact the box office at 0870 060 6623 or visit www.aviewfromthebridge.co.uk.